POLIN Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

POLIN Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

POLIN Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich
4.5
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews is the first and only museum dedicated to restoring the memory of the civilization created by Polish Jews in the course of a millennium.Museum's building faces the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw. The Museum completes the memorial complex. At the monument, we honor those who perished by remembering how they died. At the museum, we honor them, and those who came before and after, by remembering how they lived. As a museum of life, POLIN Museum engages with the present and opens out to the future. As an educational and cultural institution, the museum is dedicated to stimulating dialogue in the spirit of mutual understanding and respect. Museum's core exhibition is a journey through the 1000-year history of Polish Jews. Enter this theater of history where the story unfolds in acts and scenes as you walk. Immerse yourself in the story. Encounter those who lived in each period - their words are quoted throughout the exhibition. Enter the scene - a salon, tavern, home, church, synagogue, or schoolroom. There are surprises in drawers you can open, screens and objects you can touch, and much that you can see - artifacts, photographs, documents, and films. Each visit to the museum will be different. There will always be something new to inspire you!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Muranów
How to get there
  • Muranów • 5 min walk
  • Ratusz Arsenał • 9 min walk
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  • Jeff456789
    Bristol, United Kingdom136 contributions
    Excellent
    Really very interesting, the museum had a great audio guide which was automatic as you moved between rooms. We only had 2.5 hours available and had to skip the last part of the museum which was a shame as we were both enjoying it. Definitely give yourself 3.5 hours I would say not to rush
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 4, 2023
  • 1991KEB
    Navarre, Florida1,424 contributions
    Very detailed museum
    You need a minimum of two but probably more like 4 to see this whole museum. You also should balance your time between newer history and very old history. It has so much information that it can be overwhelming, especially to the young. There is a lot of history here.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 25, 2023
  • Ian P
    Cambridge, United Kingdom490 contributions
    Very good
    Great for finding out the history of Jews not just in Warsaw but around the world. I found the directions around the museum a bit misleading. Both me and my girlfriend struggled to follow it meaning we didn't see everything in the order it should have been.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 12, 2023
  • Milena
    Los Angeles, California5 contributions
    A *must* visit in Warsaw
    There are a lot of options for museums in Warsaw (and Poland generally) but this one undoubtedly stands out. The level of detail, care, and accessibility is truly impressive, particularly since the content covers literally 1,000 years of a very complex history. The Jewish history and experience in Poland is often absent or not elaborated on in other Polish museums and this one not only taught me SO much but also introduced me to a myriad of new information to continue researching and learning about. I've personally never experienced such a thoughtful and comprehensive Jewish history museum anywhere else in the world.
    Visited July 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 13, 2023
  • karol452
    Edmonton, Canada981 contributions
    Amazing learning experience
    This is a must see in Warsaw. You are given a headset/audio guide which is included in the price of the ticket. Allow at least a couple of hours to read everything. The signs are in English and Polish. This museum discusses Jewish history. My recommendation is go early and use the audio guide.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Morris
    8 contributions
    A truly great, world class museum
    This museum is an amazing achievement on so many levels. There are excellent museums covering the Holocaust in Berlin and Washington, D.C., but the Polin Museum is so much more. It gives a comprehensive history of European Jewry over 1000 years, and does so in a way that is personal and very moving. It uses film, photos, artefacts, diaries, original records and more to give you endless personal insights into Jewish life as it evolved. It asks all the right questions and answers many of them, and however much you already know about Jewish history, you are guaranteed to leave here with new perspectives and understanding. I can't recommend it enough. I spent three hours and used the self-guided audio tour, which is included with the ticket and also brilliantly done.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 29, 2023
  • JohnKMiamiLakes
    Miami Lakes, Florida303 contributions
    Thought Provoking
    The Polin is one of the most thorough and well presented museums I have visited. The history of the Polish Jews is so very interesting, and the museum takes you back to beginnings of the migration of the Jews to Poland. It is fascinating and unsettling how the assimilation on into Polish life was for the Jews. Many times their fate was which way the wind was blowing. Leaders change, wars lay waste, and prejudices emerge. And then you come to the 20th century, in which all horrors exploded. I found this section to be very sad and disturbing. The authentic exhibits are well presented, including letters, photos, and articles from the Ghetto into which the Jews were required to live. I found having a few tissues was a necessity. It was a learning experience that should not be missed in Warsaw. Everything was so very well presented. Do not miss this museum.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 2, 2023
  • nikki1969
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma56 contributions
    Recommend!
    I spent about 2 1/2 hours in here on a self-guided headset tour. I am a history teacher so was already familiar with much of the information, but was very interested in the subject... depending on your prior knowledge and/or interest you may need more or less time... my husband only spent about 45 minutes in the exhibits. The beginning part of the museum follows the evolution of the Jewish people in general and how/when they got to Poland. He quickly skipped most of that and moved on to the "more interesting" part that was the 20th century history, then drank several Cokes in the snack bar. At any rate-- I think it was a great museum and anyone visiting Warsaw should plan a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 7, 2023
  • antenna5
    Epsom, United Kingdom202 contributions
    One of the best museums there are
    This is without doubt the best laid out and put together museum I’ve ever been to. Well paced and a good balance of interactive and informative. Audio guide was superb it started as you reached each section so you are able to go at your own pace so you can spend as much time as you want in each area. If you come to Warsaw it’s definitely worth a visit!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Scott M
    Province of Barcelona, Spain10 contributions
    Very informative and great audio guide
    I thought this was the most well done audio tour I have been on. You can leave the audio guide around your neck and when you walk into a room into automatically comes on and discusses the information in the room. Very informative and very nice space.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
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Pippa H
London, UK76 contributions
Feb 2020
The architecture of the Polin museum is very attractive and there is the option to leave coats in the cloakroom. Although there is a discounted ticket for students the woman at the desk was incredibly difficult and refused our student IDs (standard university IDs from the UK) so we had to pay the regular price. The exhibitions are very interactive and visual, with lots of first hand information as well as historical context. A lot of this information was useful and interesting, but the amount and presentation was overwhelming at times which made it hard to follow. The final rooms which focused on modern history and the treatment of Jewish people during WWII were very moving and interesting.
Written February 17, 2020
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joeymanko
The Villages, FL10 contributions
May 2019
I had heard, and even seen on television of the new museum in Warsaw, about the History Of The Polish Jews! What a place! Keep in mind, this is NOT a holocaust musem, despite plenty of displays about that.

This is like a trip into time. The design and windows of this structure make it quite unique, and through the various audio and visual displays, it is like you are actually there.

This museum is also very educational for children, and recommend you take them also. It is not a "downer", but a celebration of Jewish Life in Poland!!
Written January 9, 2020
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Emma
Bristol, UK211 contributions
Feb 2022
I didn't realise how big this museum was before entering, so probably spent too long at the earlier sections because I had to go through the last few parts a bit quicker due to time constraints.
There was a lot of interesting information but the museum seemed to have a focus on reading things on the walls, and didn't have a lot of actual historical artefacts etc to look at. There were also several paintings which were replicas so it would have been nice to have more original things.
I didn't do the audio guide tour so that may have impacted the experience, but I found it to be quite overwhelming to read everything, and think there were parts that could have been condensed.
I think if I'd been doing it with the audio guide and spent less time in each section then it would have been a better experience, but I think it just probably wasn't my style of museum, as I'd rather read a book if absorbing so much information in one go.
Written February 20, 2022
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Melody Y
Taipei, Taiwan15 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
I thought it’s a holocaust museum but I was wrong. It starts from the very beginning when Jewish first came to Poland all the way until today. It took me 3 hours yet I didn’t finish all of them. Very very abundant history, so, take your time to take in all the information. There’s an area for visitors to take a break which I think is necessary for the visiting of this museum :)
Written January 20, 2020
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Poleinahole
Switzerland2,118 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
I spent about five hours in this museum in 2 chunks of 2.5 hours. You will need a break as there is a lot of material to read and absorb.

On day 1, I rented an audio guide but it is superfluous if you have the time and interest to read everything from one exhibition to the next. If you are pushed for time or just want an overview it’s useful, however.

I’m a history buff and the history of WW2 and the camps was therefore well known to me, so I learned the most from the early exhibitions on how the Jews came to settle in Poland and the early tolerance that led to this as well as their challenges. It took me about 2.5 hours to get from when the Jews first arrived in Poland to the end of WW 1 and Jewish life in 1918.

The next day I went through the rest of the museum.

The exhibits are very well done with multi media bits of film; photos and soundtrack.

The restaurant is very good and serves healthy food with lots of salads and vegetables. The lentil snd cold borscht soup are especially good.

Poland had the largest population of Jews in Europe prior to WW2 and had a central rail position away from large cities, which explains why so many death camps were built in Poland and why so many Jews, Gypsies, etc. from Western Europe were transported to camps in Poland. This museum and a visit to some of the camps will help explain how this occurred.
Written July 22, 2022
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Linda S
Nottingham115 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
This is a very comprehensive museum looking at all aspects of Jewish history in Poland through the ages.
Sometimes it is a bit confusing in regards to following the route around the exhibits.

I suggest that you take a rest as you go around as it can become somewhat overwhelming due to the massive amount of information exhibited. Audio guides are also available. The displays are very visual and also have information in English.
Well worth a visit.
Written January 22, 2020
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Asa Renda
Warsaw, Poland133 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Spent 5 hours there. The museum covers a broad range of topics and spans 1000 years of history; sadly, because of that, it feels overwhelming and there's a feeling that no topic is covered extensively. This probably should be 3-4 separate museums. Still, great insight into Jewish history in Poland that doesn't shy away from difficult topics (such as Polish antisemitism).
Written March 14, 2021
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ArabianPrincessQatar
Doha, Qatar94 contributions
Sep 2020
I visited this museum almost eight months ago and honestly I'm still thinking about some of the exhibitions I've seen. To be clear, this museum focuses on the history of jewish people in Poland and only a small proportion is dedicated to the holocaust. Neverthless it's a very powerful element. I learnt so much, it was fascinating.
Written May 6, 2021
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karol452
Edmonton, Canada981 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
This is a must see in Warsaw. You are given a headset/audio guide which is included in the price of the ticket. Allow at least a couple of hours to read everything. The signs are in English and Polish. This museum discusses Jewish history. My recommendation is go early and use the audio guide.
Written June 24, 2023
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ac1990
Birmingham, UK13 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
This is one of the best (if not the best) museums I have ever been to. A fascinating explanation of hundreds of years of Jewish history in Poland from the middle ages up to the present. The fit out of the exhibitions was incredible - loads of interactive elements and incredible recreations of a synagogue and various other scenes from history. It took me about 4 hours to get around and I probably only read less than 20% of all the info that was available. The audioguide was definitely with getting and helped you digest all that information. I liked how they built in breaks in the route so you could duck out to go to the cafe or toilets and then rejoin the route where you left. Very smart. I will be recommending it to anyone who goes to Warsaw.
Written September 20, 2022
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